Tuition fees and scholarships
According to the Finnish Parliament decision in December 2015, Finnish universities introduced tuition fees in 2017. For non-EU/EEA students required to pay tuition, the University of Eastern Finland offers a generous and attractive scholarship scheme.
Scholarships are applied for when applying for admission to the university, and students are notified of the scholarship decision upon admittance to the university.
Who will need to pay for tuition?
Fees will be collected from citizens outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, starting their studies in Master’s degree programmes conducted in English in August 2017 or after that.
You are exempted from paying tuition fees if you have one of the documents mentioned below. Please note, that you have to send a copy of the document which you use as a basis for exemption.
- Passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland
- EU Blue Card in Finland
- Continuos residence permit card in Finland, Type A
- EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland
- Permanent residence permit card in Finland, Type P permit
- EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (Type P-EU)
The degree programmes conducted in Finnish will remain free of charge regardless of the student’s citizenship. Please read more information about tuition fees in general from Studyinfo.fi and Finnish Immigration Service.
The tuition fees in the programmes range between 8,000 and 15,000 euros. There is variation between the faculties and the programmes. For students, the tuition fee will remain the same throughout the entire time of completing their degrees. The exact tuition fee of the programme can be found below and on the programme’s websites. For Erasmus Mundus programmes, please see the programme’s website.
The tuition fee covers the studies included in the degree (personal study plan), studies-related supervision and counselling, and studies-related supporting services offered by the university. In addition, students are entitled to the services of the Finnish Student Health Service by paying the membership fee of the Student Union. The university assists students in finding accommodation.
Tuition fees by programme
Fee / year
15 000 €
Information Technology (IMPIT)
12 000 €
Biology of Environmental Change
8 000 €
Paying the first tuition fee
The annual fee is paid in two equal instalments per academic year. The due dates for the first academic year are 14 June and 30 November. (The tuition fee for the second academic year is also paid in two equal instalments. The due dates are 31 July (monitoring of the completion of the required 55 ECTS by 30 June) and 31 November.) It is also possible to pay the full tuition fee in one instalment each academic year. This requires that information about the student’s intention to do so is available by the time of invoicing (= time of accepting the place in the programme). More details of payments in your student agreement.
The invoices are sent after May 15 by email to the student and at least 14 days before the due date. Payment is done by bank transfer, and the currency used is the euro (EUR). Detailed instructions for the payment, such as the university bank details, invoice number etc. will be in the invoice. It is important to follow the instructions carefully to avoid any unnecessary delays. Please make sure that you include the reference number from the invoice correctly, as it will enable the university to connect the payment with your details and allows you to enroll as soon as the payment has been confirmed by the university.
Each instalment has to be paid in full by the deadline. The university will not send any reminders. The university has the obligation to report the tuition fees paid by students to the Finnish Immigration Service, MIGRI. If a student fails to pay the tuition fee in full by the deadline, the student cannot register as an attending student, and the university has the obligation to inform MIGRI about this (the details of communicating with MIGRI are agreed at Student and Learning Services).
Note: The scholarship system will be revised for the next application round (September 2020 intake).
The University of Eastern Finland has a substantial number of scholarships available for students who are required to pay tuition fees in Master’s degree programmes offered in English. The scholarships will be available for the most talented fee-paying students. The scholarship can cover the tuition fee either in full (100%) or partially (80%). In practice, the scholarship is a tuition waver providing either a full (100 %) or partial (80 %) exemption from the tuition fee.
Scholarships are awarded for two academic years on the condition of completing 55 ECTS credits per academic year. Students who were not awarded a scholarship when applying for admission to the university may still be eligible for a scholarship in their second year, provided that they have applied for a scholarship and completed the required 55 ECTS credits during the first academic year as detailed in the personal study plan.
In addition to the scholarship for studies, the faculties can grant an annual scholarship to cover the student’s living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme. In Finland students must be able to cover all their own living costs. Own finances are also one of the requirements for the Finnish residence permit, and finances need to be available permanently on the student's bank account for the whole period the permit is applied for. Financing one's stay and studies in Finland by working is not possible. For more information about residence permit, please see Migri.fi.
Further information on scholarships and instructions on how to apply will be on the programmes’ websites.
Registration instructions for new master's degree students, please see Studies.